Recently, I received an interesting email from Apple stating, “In order to reduce fraudulent activity on the App Store and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity, we are no longer allowing gambling apps submitted by individual developers (my emphasis). This includes both real money gambling apps as well as apps that simulate a gambling experience. As a result, [your] app has been removed from the App Store. While you can no longer distribute gambling apps from this account, you may continue to submit and distribute other types of apps to the App Store.”
Wow! It’s curious that only “individual developers” were affected. My guess is that thousands of apps have been eliminated (think of the cost of building them).
About four years ago I created an app, Omaha Tutorial/Poker Resorts. It’s a dual purpose app featuring “how to” play the game along with poker terms, statistics, etc. It also includes travel stories focusing on destination poker resorts. It’s clearly not a gambling/gaming app. I’ve followed up with emails and calls and received notice that my case is receiving “escalated” service. Stayed tuned….